Five Points Of Calvinism

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Weight 0.04 kg
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topic

Doctrines of Grace

format

Booklet

isbn

9780851512648

Original Pub Date

1970

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1979

binding

Booklet

page-count

20

scripture

Whole Bible

series

Booklets/Tracts

Book Description

By an accident of history in the 17th century five great Christian truths, formulated by successors of the Reformers at the Synod of Dort to counter a drift from the gospel, became linked with the name of the Genevan Reformer who had died half a century earlier. The label ‘Calvinism’ was at first a propaganda tactic on the part of the opponents, but while defenders of the Reformation Faith recognised that it could well be called by another name they came to accept the term as denoting those doctrines which place man in entire dependence upon the free grace of God in salvation. Since the Reformation there have been eras when Calvinism, apparently discredited and forgotten, has risen again with vital force and evangelical power. If that is happening, as it appears today, then it means that biblical teaching is once more coming to the fore. This present booklet is written to explain that teaching, and the author’s standpoint is the same as that of C.H. Spurgeon who once wrote:

‘We believe in the five great points commonly known as Calvinistic; but we do not regard these five points as being barbed shafts which we are to thrust between the ribs of our fellow Christians. We look upon them as being five great lamps which help to irradiate the cross; or, rather, five bright emanations springing from the glorious covenant of our Triune God, and illustrating the great doctrine of Jesus crucified.’

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  1. Andrew Young

    W.J. Seaton The Five Points of Calvinism
    Many people in the Christian church are uncertain about the meaning and nature of the term ‘calvinism.’ This brief booklet by the former pastor of the Inverness Reformed Baptist church gives a clear explanation of the issues involved. He takes us through what is generally known as the five points of calvinism. These are:
    1. Total depravity – man’s condition;
    2. Unconditional election – God’s sovereign choice;
    3. Limited atonement – Christ’s death for his chosen people;
    4. Irresistable grace – God’s drawing of the sinner to Himself;
    5. Perseverance of the saints – the believer continuing to go on in the Christian life.
    Some ask whether or not calvinism, with its emphasis on God’s sovereignty, actually hinders the work of the Gospel. The writer dispels this theory in a helpful conclusion, where he shows from church history, that the gospel has actually flourished more when people have held these doctrines of grace close to their hearts. Interesting to note that great saints of the past, e.g. Bunyan, Whitefield, Spurgeon, William Carey, Bonar and McCheyne were all witnesses to the truth of God’s sovereign grace.
    Are you unsure about calvinism? Do you hold a distorted view of calvinistic teaching? Then perhaps you need to consider this booklet.

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